If you and your beloved have chosen to exchange your vows on the beach rather than a more traditional venue, you probably want to incorporate a waterfront theme into all aspects of your celebration, including the menu. Although it's fairly easy to devise a seafood-themed main menu, it takes a more creative approach to bring a dessert to the table that evokes the essence of the seaside, but it's not impossible — follow these tips to choose the ideal wedding cake for your waterfront wedding:

Incorporating Coastal-Inspired Design Elements

One way to make your wedding cake stand out is by incorporating design elements inspired by your waterfront setting. Consider a cake adorned with delicate sugar seashells, coral, or starfish for a touch of oceanic elegance. Nautical motifs like anchors, ropes, and sailboats can also be artfully integrated into your cake design.

If you prefer a more subtle approach, consider adding watercolor accents in shades of blue and green to mimic the colors of the sea, or opting for a simple white cake with a single statement piece, like a stunning sugar coral topper.

Choosing the Perfect Cake Flavor

When it comes to selecting the flavor of your wedding cake, consider options that complement your waterfront theme. Classic vanilla or chocolate can be enhanced with coastal-inspired fillings like key lime curd, passion fruit mousse, or coconut cream. For a more adventurous choice, opt for a tropical-inspired cake with layers of pineapple, mango, or guava.

Don't be afraid to mix and match flavors and fillings to create a unique combination that reflects your personal tastes. Just be sure to schedule a cake tasting well in advance of your wedding to ensure you find the perfect flavor profile for your celebration.

Selecting a Cake Stand and Display

The presentation of your wedding cake is nearly as important as the cake itself. Choose a cake stand that complements your theme, such as a rustic driftwood stand or a vintage-inspired stand with nautical blue-and-white stripes. 

Create a stunning display by surrounding your cake with votive candles, scattered seashells, or small vases filled with beach grasses or other coastal greenery. This will enhance the ambiance of your waterfront celebration and ensure your cake becomes a true focal point.

Considering Alternative Dessert Options

If a traditional wedding cake doesn't appeal to you, there are plenty of alternative dessert options that still capture the essence of your waterfront celebration. Miniature cupcakes, cake pops, or macarons decorated with nautical or ocean-inspired designs can make a lovely dessert display. Another option is to create a dessert table with an array of coastal-inspired sweets like beach-themed cookies, saltwater taffy, or key lime pie.